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Tap Water in Neti Pot Kills Two People

Tap Water in Neti Pot Kills Two People

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  • Two people in Louisiana died after being infected with the "brain-eating" amoeba, Naegleria fowleri; exposure occurred from contaminated tap water in a neti pot
  • You can be exposed to Naegleria fowleri amoeba by swimming in warm freshwater sources, as well as from contaminated tap water that enters your nose
  • Once the amoeba enters your nose, it travels to your brain where it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue and is nearly always fatal
  • Because tap water can be home to any number of contaminants, it is extremely important to use only sterile, distilled or boiled water (that is allowed to cool) for nasal irrigation with a neti pot

By Dr. Mercola

Two Louisiana residents have died after being infected with the so-called "brain-eating" amoeba, Naegleria fowleri.


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